Urgent Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) Scam Alert
IRS is warning tax professionals about a new email phishing scam that impersonates IRS and attempts to steal EFINs. Tax pros are prime targets for identity thieves who try to steal client data and tax preparers’ identities so they can file fraudulent tax returns.
The scam email says it's from “IRS Tax E-Filing” and has the subject line, “Verifying your EFIN before e-filing.” Tax pros should not take any of the steps outlined in the email, and should not respond to the email.
The body of the bogus email states:
In order to help protect both you and your clients from unauthorized/fraudulent activities, the IRS requires that you verify all authorized e-file originators prior to transmitting returns through our system. That means we need your EFIN (e-file identification number) verification and Driver's license before you e-file.
Please have a current PDF copy or image of your EFIN acceptance letter (5880C Letter dated within the last 12 months) or a copy of your IRS EFIN Application Summary, found at your e-Services account at IRS.gov, and Front and Back of Driver's License emailed in order to complete the verification process. Email: (fake email address)
If your EFIN is not verified by our system, your ability to e-file will be disabled until you provide documentation showing your credentials are in good standing to e-file with the IRS.
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Learn more here, including how to report this scam to IRS.